Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Blogger Book Club
In an earlier post I mentioned that Hadeas is hosting a book club and the current selection is an online tome called, "Thrift in the Home."
We're currently in Chapters 3-5. The chapters are short, so it's not too late to catch up.
Here are some thoughts from this week's readings.
"Managing is the art and science of using to best advantage what has been brought into the house."
Aha moment...The home manager really is a manager, just as a manager in a corporation is. The capable homemaker is able to oversee all aspects of the home in a way that makes the home flow smoothly, function economically, and provide nurturing of relationships. It's better to be able to bring all aspects together into a functioning household reasonably well than to excel in this area or that to the neglect of the larger picture. This means the home manager needs to pay attention to both the overall goal and the small details in everything she does.
"A good manager makes things comfortable. Her mind is easy, and, therefore, she produces ease."
Aha moment...But, in her management, it does not serve her for her to be uptight, anxious, or indecisive.
"She who has learned to prevent little leaks (the economic kind, not the water kind) has learned how to make the dollars count..."
"One common mistake for the would-be devotee of thrift is for the homemaker to cook too much at once."
Aha moment...I've got to quit planning and cooking as if my children were still at home. I have too many leftovers when I cook for just DH and myself, and, though I have good intentions of using them, I throw too much away. I either need to cut back on the portions I cook or cook enough to freeze for later use -- but not end up with something in between. I also need to plan better, because we are at a stage in life and in a role where we may find ourselves either having people over unexpectedly or eating out with someone when I thought I was going to cook.